"Freestyle" vs. "Crawl"

"Freestyle" vs. "Crawl"

Post by Dave Fish » Wed, 12 Aug 1992 07:06:07


While watching the Olympics I was reminded of the fact that the
stroke we think of as "freestyle" was originally called "the crawl".
(And that some other stroke used to be considered faster...)
Which leads me to wonder:

Is it still legal to swim any stroke during "freestyle" races?  Or are the
swimmers restricted to the crawl?

Suppose someone invents a startling new stroke which is faster than
the crawl, will they be allowed to use it in competition?

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                                Thanks, Dave

 
 
 

"Freestyle" vs. "Crawl"

Post by Brian Hu » Wed, 12 Aug 1992 11:10:52

Quote:

>While watching the Olympics I was reminded of the fact that the
>stroke we think of as "freestyle" was originally called "the crawl".
>(And that some other stroke used to be considered faster...)

Rumor has it that European competitive swimmers swam something akin to
the ***stroke until roughly the turn of the century when the crawl,
which was learned from Native Americans, became pre***.  I have
no idea how much of this story is really true...

Quote:
>Is it still legal to swim any stroke during "freestyle" races?  Or are the
>swimmers restricted to the crawl?

Yes, any stroke is acceptable.  A possible exception is in a medley
event, where it may be illegal to swim one of the other three strokes
in the "freestyle" leg.

Some young children can in fact swim ***stroke or backstroke faster
than the crawl, though of course one usually doesn't see them entered
in freestyle events.

Quote:
>Suppose someone invents a startling new stroke which is faster than
>the crawl, will they be allowed to use it in competition?

Sure, unless it is startling enough to provoke a rule change.  I
consider this extremely unlikely for freestyle (as opposed to, say,
backstroke), but if someone should figure out a way to exploit a
loophole in the rules (I'm talking about rules that disallow pulling
on the lane ropes, etc.) I'm sure it will be dealt with quickly.

Brian Hunt


 
 
 

"Freestyle" vs. "Crawl"

Post by Peter H Liyana » Wed, 12 Aug 1992 16:55:41

So far any of the
Four(4) recognised strokes can be used in a freestyle event,
but obviously since Crawl is the fastest, it is used.
If a fifth stroke is found and APPROVED, I am sure
it could also be used in freestyle.
                        Pete.!

 
 
 

"Freestyle" vs. "Crawl"

Post by William Stenson Blackwe » Thu, 13 Aug 1992 09:37:13


|> So far any of the
|> Four(4) recognised strokes can be used in a freestyle event,
|> but obviously since Crawl is the fastest, it is used.
|> If a fifth stroke is found and APPROVED, I am sure
|> it could also be used in freestyle.

The "freestyle" rule is only that the swimmer can't use outside assistance.
They can do whatever they please, so long as they don't push off the bottom
or pull on the lane rope (They can merely garb onto it though.).  Besides,
the crawl is more properly termed the Australian Crawl, as it was the
Aborigines who "developed" it (?).  Americans just perfected it ;-).

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"Freestyle" vs. "Crawl"

Post by Charlie Cockre » Thu, 13 Aug 1992 20:35:59


Quote:
>So far any of the
>Four(4) recognised strokes can be used in a freestyle event,
>but obviously since Crawl is the fastest, it is used.
>If a fifth stroke is found and APPROVED, I am sure
>it could also be used in freestyle.
>                    Pete.!

You don't even have to do this - you can do *ANYTHING* you want in
freestyle, except for walk on the bottom, pull on the lane lines or
leave the pool. The only requirement is that you touch the wall after
each lap. (Oops, I mean length :-))

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"Freestyle" vs. "Crawl"

Post by Daavid Turnbu » Fri, 14 Aug 1992 22:56:51

Quote:
> or pull on the lane rope (They can merely garb onto it though.).  Besides,
> the crawl is more properly termed the Australian Crawl, as it was the
> Aborigines who "developed" it (?).  Americans just perfected it ;-).

Unless of course it is over 1500 meters and then the Yanks can just look
in awe as does the rest of the world ;-)  ^^^"^^/\o^^^

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